Mighty Spice Cookbook Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011
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About the Author
John Gregory-Smith is on a mission to show everyone how easy it is to cook simple, fresh dishes using spices. Having travelled extensively and eaten his way around the world, he is currently writing recipes and features for magazines and websites including Now Magazine, TNT, Men's Health, Easy Cook, Eat In, Menshealth.com and GQ.com. He has sold a range of fresh spice pastes through a major supermarket chain in the UK and was named as one of Olive magazine's 21 future stars of the foodie world in 2009. In addition, he has appeared on TV in Market Kitchen.
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Top Customer Reviews
Another great thing about Mighty Spice Cookbook is that the recipes are inspired from all over the world - there are alot of Asian dishes, as you'd expect, but also South American, Mexican, Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes too...
I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially to those who would like to expand their repertoire to include some exotic, really tasty dishes that will seriously impress your dinner guests!
By using 5 or fewer spices per recipe, each flavour used can shine and the resultant dishes have a clear distinct and fresh flavour. On a practical note, the use of 5 spices at a time gives you a chance to slowly build up your collection if you do not already have them, and learn the flavour and uses of every new spice you acquire.
The booked is divided into 8 chapters; soups & salads, poultry, meat, fish & seafood, vegetarian, rice & noodles and a mouth-watering desserts & drinks chapters. The book is prefaced by an evocative introduction by John, which has me reaching for my passport and wanting to pack my bag, which describes his travels around the world where he cooked, ate and collected recipes.
Interspersed throughout the book are spice "profiles" and there is a spice directory (which inexplicably is not alphabetical) that runs through the 30 spices used in the book (25 dried and 5 fresh).
I was slightly concerned that by imposing a limit of 5 spices (this includes fresh garlic too) that some of the recipes might be a little flat. But the dishes I have cooked have been full of flavour and freshness. The recipes are easy to follow and comprehensive cross referencing links each dish to two or three others hat it goes well with.
It is global book covering Asia, North Africa, South America and the Middle East.Read more ›
The recipes come from cuisines all over the world and I can't emphasize enough how vibrant, unusual and utterly delicious they are. Goodbye tired old Tikka Masala and Beef in Oyster Sauce and hello Malay Yellow Mussel Curry, Chinese Tiger Salad and Pueblan Almond Duck. Delicious!
I went to my local International food store and bought all the needed spices and for a very reasonable sum, I suggest you do the same as supermarket would have cost 3 x as much and helping local traders is much better idea.... and saw some vegetables that I'm not even sure what they are.... I see a future foodie adventure ahead :D
Anyway first recipe I tried was Gung Bao Chicken and just some plain boiled rice..... Oh my days - it's heaven, spicy,fragrant moreish; heaven, and if this is what lies ahead for the other vast colourful dishes then I would say this is the best christmas present ever. And added bonus is healthier than a take-away and probably faster :P
Highly recommend for any level cook who likes tasty food (but for those non-chilliheads - go easy on the quantities as Mr Smith likes it hot.....)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book - the recipes are really easy and taste delicious despite only using a limited list of ingredients. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My absolute favourite cookery book... this guy knows his flavours and writes in an engaging way about his various travels and the food he's sampled. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sooz
Tantalisingly exciting recipes. Nothing short of straight forward informative methods to produce truly exotic meals. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shirley Rollitt
We were given this book as a Christmas present 2 years ago and I can honestly say it is the most used cook book on our shelf. We cook from this book at least 4 times per week! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brittany_Jane